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Roberto Pellegrinuzzi

Le spectacle de la curiosité

1998
Presentation of the artwork
Pellegrinuzzi’s photographic installation is in the lobby of the Maison de la culture, situated on the first floor of a building that also houses the borough’s library and offices. Its convex form was conceived as a reflection of the curved architectural elements on the outside of the building.

Le spectacle de la curiosité is a macroscopic photograph of a leaf. Reproduced on a monumental scale, this gigantic leaf is reconstructed in 70 photographs that are juxtaposed and framed separately. The arrangement echoes the squaring-off technique used in painting and drawing, which consists of ruling the object to be reproduced into squares in order to transpose its exact proportions. This artwork is in continuity with the Le Chasseur d’images series of photographic works created by Pellegrinuzzi in the early 1990s around the motif of a leaf. In addition to a scrupulous analysis of the familiar object, which he examines, dissects, and recomposes in different ways, the subject evokes for the artist a reflection on the very discipline of photography:

The leaf underlines the interconnections that it maintains with photography by using light as an intrinsic material. As light symbolizes the source of life, as well as the source of knowledge, this photographic leaf thus becomes emblematic and acts similarly by reflecting the park situated facing the cultural centre.
– Roberto Pellegrinuzzi
Associated events
The Ville de Montréal commissioned this project from Pellegrinuzzi through a competition by invitation. The commission was awarded when the building that houses the Ahuntsic-Cartierville Maison de la culture and library was restored in 1997.
Roberto Pellegrinuzzi
Roberto Pellegrinuzzi is a Montréal photographer. His artworks challenge our perception of the photographic image and how it is displayed.
Pellegrinuzzi’s works can be seen in various projects integrating art with architecture. He has had numerous solo exhibitions and his works are in major collections, including the Canada Council for the Arts Art Bank, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the Montréal Museum of Fine Art, and the Fonds national d’art contemporain de France.
Awards and honours
  • Prix Louis-Comtois, 2001
Detail
Category
Fine Arts
Subcategory
Photography
Collection name
Integration with architecture
Date completed
1998
Mode of acquisition:
Accession date
May 11 1998
Technique(s)
Print on Ilfochrome paper
Materials
Wood; glass; metal; paper
Support
General dimensions
260 x 800 cm
Mediums
  • Photograph
  • Photograph
  • Photograph
  • Photograph
Manufacturer
  • Duchaine, Paul
  • Desmarais, Claude / Les Gravures A. Desmarais et Fils Inc
  • Le Groupe MP Reproductions Ltée
  • Laque Internationale
  • Vitrerie White
  • Photographie C.L.S. Brossard
Le spectacle de la curiosité
Borough
Ahuntsic-Cartierville
Building
Maison de la culture d'Ahuntsic - Cartierville
Civic address
10 300 rue Lajeunesse, 1er étage, Montréal (Québec), H3L 2E5